Hull City were pegged back three times from being in the lead as they snatched a very late point against Swansea City in their 4-4 draw on Friday night.
The Tigers came into this game looking to end a terrible winless run that stretched all the way back to New Year’s Day and has seen them lose five of the six games in that run, with just one draw against Reading last weekend.
They faced a Swansea side still harbouring ambitions of the top six as they sat six points behind Preston North End before kick-off.
Neither side have been particularly solid in recent weeks and this was again on show at the KCOM Stadium as eight goals were scored by eight different goalscorers to see the Tigers and the Swans share the spoils.
In a topsy-turvy encounter, Leo Da Silva Lopes opened the scoring six minutes in before Wayne Routledge levelled in the 13th. The second half then saw the game burst into life with Marcus Maddison restoring the hosts’ lead before Kyle Naughton smartly equalised from a quick corner routine, then Mallik Wilks fired a third in which meant there were three goals in 11 minutes.
Swansea then got a grip on the game, scoring twice to take the lead via Jordon Garrick and Rhian Brewster. They looked set to get the better of this clash before Tom Eaves fired home a 96th-minute leveller to see honours even at full-time.
With Hull now dropping down to 17th in the table, we take a look at three things we learnt from their captivating draw with Swansea…
New signings are making an instant impact
Having let Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen both leave on deadline day, there were huge questions being asked about who will fill the goalscoring void of 34 goal involvements between them.
Mallik Wilks and Marcus Maddison have come in and hit the ground running for the Tigers, with Wilks scoring two in his last three for Hull and Maddison netting his first goal for the club since joining from Peterborough United.
While it will be very hard for Grant McCann to find that many goals to replace them at such short notice, Maddison and Wilks have shown great signs early on in their Tigers careers and this game was another example of that.
George Long is struggling
An ever-present in Hull’s Championship campaign this season, Long was a very dependable member of Hull’s side in the first half of the season, but as their form has dipped a lot in recent weeks, his has too.
Every ‘keeper has a blunder in them and it’s far more highlighted when one minor error directly leads to a goal, but Long has been subject to a handful in the past few games.
While there was nothing that Long could have done to stop the first and third goals, he could have definitely reacted quicker for the second and fourth ones as he failed to set himself for Naughton’s and Brewster’s quickly-taken efforts. The stopper will know that he could have done better for those two, even if they were decent finishes.
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McCann will be happy with the mentality shown
Being pegged back three times after taking the lead would be enough to knock the stuffing out of any team in the league, regardless of a poor run of form heading into the game.
The fact that they were able to claw back a point late in the game shows the character that the side still have, irrespective of the huge blow of losing two key players and slumping down the table in the meantime.
After Brewster’s 84th-minute goal to see the Swans take the lead for the first time, it wouldn’t have been surprising to see Hull lose a lot of the spirit that they had shown so far in the game.
Going forward, McCann will be hoping that the side can continue to show this quality and climb up the table again and finish the season on a high.